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White Lightning -- Gator McKlusky (Burt Reynolds) has been convicted of running moonshine whiskey. He is offered a chance of release--if he will serve as an informer and help catch his one-time cohorts. Gator accepts, but only to get our of jail. He has another motive.. He believes that he crooked sheriff (Ned Beatty) murdered his younger brother, a civil rights activist. With the help of a fellow "informant" (Matt Clark) and a daredevil driver (Bo Hopkins), a few fights and some astonishing stunt-driving chases, Gator will eventually prove his case against the sheriff. A bonus: Gator will also acquire the daredevil driver's beautiful girlfriend (Jennifer Billingsley). With Louise Latham, Diane Ladd and a young Laura Dern (Diane Ladd's real-life daughter) in her film debut. Joseph Sargent directed with his usual skill and zest.

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William W. Norton (written by)
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Release Date:
22 October 1973 (Sweden) See more »
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If You Haven't Seen "White Lightning" You Haven't Seen Burt Reynolds See more »
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An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Burt Reynolds ... Gator McKlusky
Jennifer Billingsley ... Lou

Ned Beatty ... Sheriff J.C. Connors

Bo Hopkins ... Roy Boone

Matt Clark ... Dude Watson
Louise Latham ... Martha Culpepper

Diane Ladd ... Maggie (as Diane Lad)

R.G. Armstrong ... Big Bear
Conlan Carter ... Deputy

Dabbs Greer ... Pa McKlusky
Lincoln Demyan ... Warden
John Steadman ... Skeeter
Iris Korn ... Ma McKlusky
Stephanie Burchfield ... Jenny
Barbara Muller ... Louella
Robert Ginnaven ... Harvey
Fay Martin ... Sister Linda Fay
Richard Allin ... Treasury Agent
Bill Bond ... Treasury Agent
Sherry Boucher ... Sherry Lynne
Glenn R. Wilder ... Junior (as Glenn Wilder)
Dick Ziker ... Highway Patrol

Buddy Joe Hooker ... Highway Patrol
Cathy Finley ... Student
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Laura Dern ... Sharon Anne, Maggie's Daughter (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Sargent 
 
Writing credits
William W. Norton (written by) (as William Norton)

Produced by
Arthur Gardner .... producer
Jules V. Levy .... producer
Arnold Laven .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Charles Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Rosson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Jay Nicholson  (as George Nicholson)
 
Casting by
Ross Brown 
 
Set Decoration by
Eric Gorder 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Butler (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Tom Ellingwood .... makeup artist
Marlene Kolstad .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Elliot Schick .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mel Efros .... second assistant director
Hal Needham .... second unit director
Edward Teets .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Tom Fairbanks .... property master
Craig Binkley .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Donald F. Johnson .... sound (as Don Johnson)
Marvin Kerner .... sound effects editor (as Marv Kerner)
John Lipow .... sound effects editor
Hal Watkins .... sound re-recordist
Kenneth Schwarz .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Cliff Wenger .... special effects
 
Stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunt double: Burt Reynolds (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack L. Richards .... photographer: second unit (as Jack Richards)
Warren Burke Gerrard .... best boy (uncredited)
John Isaacs .... gaffer (uncredited)
Edmond L. Koons .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ken Mazawa .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Walter Nichols .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Ed Nielson .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Phil Segura .... still photographer (uncredited)
Lonnie Stewart .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Tureen .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Gary Van Auken .... key grip (uncredited)
Joseph Viveros .... grip (uncredited)
Paul Vombrack .... camera operator: Chicago (uncredited)
Julian Wilson .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Butler .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Paul Casella Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Rudy Beilicke .... driver: Cinemobile (uncredited)
Jerry F. Johnson .... transportation driver (uncredited)
Hank Nesel .... transportation driver (uncredited)
Howard A. Small .... transportation driver (uncredited)
James Womack .... transportation driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James R. Rokos .... assistant to producers (as James Rokos)
Millie Rorke .... assistant to producers
Connie Bixler .... travel coordinator (uncredited)
Stanley Brooks .... disbursing agent: UA (uncredited)
Natalie Drache .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Jean Gingerich .... location auditor (uncredited)
Sherry Meller .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Teresa Stokovic .... production secretary (uncredited)
Arthur Wilde .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
101 min
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Trivia:
This was originally slated to be Steven Spielberg's first theatrical feature and he spent months on pre-production.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During a car chase between the police and Gator, a rather large gold ring on the right ring-finger of Gator appears and disappears several times during scene changes.See more »
Quotes:
Roy Boone:Ready?
Gator McKlusky:I was born ready!
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Soundtrack:
Way Down UnderSee more »

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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
The South in the 70's from a Hollywood Perspective, 12 January 2000
Author: andydufresne from Little Rock

As a 15 year old I watched parts of this movie being made. It was partly filmed in Benton Arkansas (30 miles S of LR). Benton was also the location for Sling Blade. My mom's Volkswagen and my bicycle show up in this movie.

It really is a somewhat accurate view of the South in the 70's from the rejection of hippies by "Good ole boys" to the Corrupt Sheriff, to the home for unwed mothers to the interaction of the races while still staying "respectfully apart". The movie was not intended to be an Oscar contender it was intended to capitalize on Reynolds immense popularity at the time. It did this well. Ned Beaty shaved his head to give himself the proper receding hairline for a Southern sheriff, and many locals were cast. If you like car chases, and "good ole boys" you'll love this. Otherwise you can watch it for it's historical value as a peek at the South through Hollywood colored eyes.

In an interview with Larry King, Ned Beaty said this was the most important role of his career because it kept him from being typecast as a wimp after Deliverance. Diane Ladd and her daughter, Laura Dern are both in this film.

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